Whitecaps Bolster Front Office

November 25, 2009 at 5:42 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2009 | 2 Comments

Today the Whitecaps set the tone for the future by hiring a new Chief Executive Officer, a fellow from Tottenham Hotspur, called Paul Barber.  Remarkably, he is leaving his post as executive director of Tottenham to come to Vancouver.  Leaving Tottenham Hotspur must have been no easy choice for Barber, who is 42 years of age. Spurs are currently a club on the rise, looking as though they might be able to attain fourth place in the Premiership and with it the holy grail of European football, Champions League qualification.

It is really a feather in the cap of the Whitecaps that they could attract such a fellow. I suppose the challenge of cultivating a football market which is ready to explode and a budding club structure with great potential must have proven tempting for a person of vision. The sky is the limit for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who  will soon  join Seattle and TFC as spectacularly successful freshmen in Major League Soccer. This must be an exciting prospect for a fellow like Barber. He will get on well with Steve Nash, one of the Whitecaps owners who is a Tottenham fanatic. I sense a friendly with the Spurs here in Vancouver may well be on the cards!  I will place a safe bet on it.

The Whitecaps front office will also feature Bob Lenarduzzi as President and the very impressive and capable Rachel Lewis, who will be Chief Operating Officer.   It looks like a great team and Paul will be a good addition to the Whitecaps.

Welcome aboard Paul Barber!  Now we have to work on forgiving him for being a Spurs fan…



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  1. Tottenham have been run well enough financially to be able to outspend the big four over the past few years, but issues in the front office kept messing with their onfield ambitions. I hope this guy wasn’t part of the decision that led to transfer mayhem (three right backs and no dedicated left back) and feuding between the football directors and managers.

    I’m pretty amazed with this appointment, and hope that means good things for the club.

  2. From the CBC article:

    “Barber, 42, joined Tottenham’s board of directors in 2005. He is responsible for all of the club’s key operational divisions, including commercial areas, ticketing and hospitality, international tours and friendly matches. He also oversees the team’s development area, which includes domestic and international coaching programs and soccer camps.”

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